Crude Buster (クルードバスター?) (Kurūdo Basutā), released in the US as Two Crude, is a 1991 beat 'em up arcade game produced by Data East. The game was later ported to the Sega Genesis in 1992. Outside of Japan, the port was released under the name Two Crude Dudes.
In the game, players control one of two mercenaries hired by the U.S. government to stop the terrorist organization "Big Valley." Their objective is to retake control of a ruined New York City from Big Valley after a nuclear explosion the group caused.
Players control the Crude Busters by jumping, dodging and attacking their way through legions of enemies. Because the main characters are muscle-bound brawlers, they have the ability to pick up objects well beyond their own weight (e.g. cars and traffic lights) to use as weapons. While playing co-op, it is also possible for one player to pick up the other to use as a projectile. Players heal in by punching vending machines filled with "Power Cola," causing consumable soda cans to fall out.
Writing for Computer and Video Games, Julian Rignall called Crude Buster "one of the best beat'em ups I've seen in years." and rated it a 95%. Crash called it a "fun and humerous (sic) beat-'em-up. Sinclair User also noted the game's humor, comparing it to playing an interactive cartoon. They wrote that it was even better than other recent Data East games, including the game's predecessor, Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja. The magazine dubbed it a "classic in terms of style and gameplay" and a "must for any arcade aficionado."
The game was later ported to the Mega Drive/Genesis; however, the North American and European versions of them were retitled Two Crude Dudes. The Japanese version of this port kept the Japanese arcade version's title unchanged.
Mega placed the game at #37 in their Top Mega Drive Games of All Time. MegaTech magazine said it was "the first Megadrive beat 'em up that comes close to rivalling Streets of Rage".
Sega Genesis/Megadrive Controls:
Press the 1 key to start games. Use Arrow Keys to move up, left, right and down. There are three buttons, A, B and C, which are CONTROL, ALT/OPTION and SPACE.